Emilio Greco (Italian, 1913-1995) was born in Sicily. He was employed in a marble cutters shop by the age of 10. He was highly influenced at a young age by Etruscan and Roman sculpture and carried this with him throughout his illustrious career.
"Greco is predominantly the sculptor of the female face and shape. To represent womanhood, that is his calling and his task. The grace, the delight, the beauty, even the power of womanhood. Neither Marini nor Manzù can compete with him this respect....Greco is...completely absorbed in the womanhood as if the myth of the Great Mother, the Lady of Elche, the White Goddess, had come alive in him again. He represents youth, virtue and sensuality.... The representation of women and girls do not appear in Greco's work in the same style as the male portraits and figures. The Greek and Gothic impact is felt immediately....According to Henry Moore "Greco is not only sensual and elegant. He has a feeling for beauty, and also a natural sens, a gift for form and volume—a rare combination" (J.P. Holdin, Emilio Greco Sculpture & Drawings, Bath, 1971, pp. 21-23).
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Emilio Greco's top reported public sales price was over $260,000.00.
Title: "Female in Purple"
Medium: Ink on paperboard.
Size: 17 1/4 by 14 1/4 inches (43.8 x 36.2 cm) (sheet); Framed 27 by 21 by 1 inches.
Signed and dated lower right: Greco / 1964
Condition: There appears to be light overall paper discoloration and a couple possible spots of foxing; a few handling creases.
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EMILIO GRECO (Italian 1913-1995) Original Signed Ink On Paperboard "Female In Purple" Signed/Dated 1964.